Simple steps to transform your life

Hi friends and family,

Life has felt so hectic and out of control lately.

I learned a few useful tips this weekend for a happier, more calm life that I’d like to share with you!

Please visit me over at Bittersweet (link below) and share with your friends if you find this useful.

Hope life has been good to you all. I’d love to hear from you in my comments section.

Until next time, love each other

This New Year’s Eve hit the Reset button


Hi friends and family,

as we bring 2013 to a close let’s reflect – remember the good and leave behind the moments we were not too crazy about and reset.

2013 has been a tough year for many, my family as well. But with 2014 comes new opportunity. I hope you’ll all continue to follow my stories. This next year will be a time of transition for my family as my older daughter goes off to college.

I will turn to my blogging to work through some issues, concerns and thoughts that I feel we may all appreciate together.

Please visit me over at Bittersweet one last time for 2013 and let me know you stopped by.

See you all in the new year. Sending you all lots and lots of love, friendship, health, security, prosperity, goodness and kindness always.

My review of It’s A Wonderful Life


Hi friends and family I was asked again to review a play at The Raue Theater this weekend and I’d like to share it with you. 

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Review of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Hi friends and family,

I was asked to review a production of Sweeney Todd. This was something new for me and I’d appreciate if you all would click over to Bittersweet on ChicagoNow and read it over. Let me know what you think! Link below.

Until next time……..

Message to M.O.P.S – Moms of Pre-Schoolers – Beautiful Mess


I was asked to speak to a group of women at church this morning. I choked up as I wrote the presentation and again as I read it to the ladies. I was moved by their reactions as well. Many of the ladies, moms of young children, also teared up. They certainly did not tear up for me and my words, but for how the words made them feel about their own experiences as moms to their young children. Writing and reading this took me back about ten years or so in my life. It reminded me how quickly life is passing me by. I try to hold on, but I just can’t fight time….. Please read about my Beautiful Mess. Link to Bittersweet below… Comment, like and share..Let me know you stopped by.

Until next time, love each other….

We all encounter that feeling of less than

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Time passages

Hi family, friends and followers:

Please click on link below and visit me over at Bittersweet on ChicagoNow. I shared a post on a few things rambling through my head today about love, loss and time. I know it sounds sad and depressing, but I don’t mean it to.

I just want answers and I have these thoughts, and I want to hear your thoughts as well…I think we all need to stop and think about these things sometimes. After all, life is Bittersweet! We are all in this together!!

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Until next time……

Photos: then and now

I have photos of my daughters all over the house.

Over the years I have not been able to take out old photos to add newer, updated photos as I’ve noticed many families do.

I just keep buying more and more frames, when I see them on sale (or at Wal-Mart where they are always $4 and $5), and display more photos. I don’t know if the way I place them around the house is in acceptable decorator fashion. All of the frames are mismatched!  I think some might say that my home is cluttered with too many photos. Oh I also have a message board upon which I just stick photos all over.

I just love to look at their faces, recall the memories, the feelings, the love of  when they were babies, toddlers, pre-teens, holiday photos,  their cute “little girl” clothes (when they let me dress them up). They will never ever be those little girls ever again. The photos always bring me peace and joy.

But something odd has happened in recent weeks, given Abby’s new and unpredictable medical condition. I look at these same photos that I have had up and around my house for years in a weird category now. I do not even do this on purpose, it is just this weird thought that now pops into my head when I look at these photos.


You cannot control your mind or control thoughts that come in and out at any given moment. And this is one thought that now pops in on a whim.

I look at Abby’s face and see her as a baby, toddler, pre-teen and she has no, real problems, fears or medical issues to be concerned with. I see photos and think my only worry then was if she’d catch another annoying cold or ear infection.

I also find myself now wondering when I look at these photos, did I miss something back then? Was she displaying any type of seizure activity back then, that I didn’t catch or recognize. Did I drop the ball? Was I not as good and attentive to her as I thought I was? Could I have done better for her?

Was there ever a night back then in those days when she had a seizure in her sleep and I didn’t hear her? The doctor says it’s possible. He also says not to dwell on such thoughts. Easy for him to say.

I am in a place I never thought I’d be. I have thoughts that I never thought I’d have. I could never imagine the fear for my child that I now live with.

A friend of mine has a friend whose daughter just died from cancer. She was young, I don’t think she was even 13 yet. My friend said that her friend, the girl’s mom, says the same things about her family photos. There are photos that are pre-cancer. This poor woman lost her daughter to the ugliness, the evil that is cancer. She never suspected when her daughter’s baby pictures were being taken, she’d one day look at them and feel such sadness and loss.

I’m trying not to write so much about Abby’s medical issues, but I have to admit it is hard. It is the only thing I think about. The only thing I seem to care about right now. And I don’t think it would be authentic for me to have a blog, ask you all to support me and ignore what is really in my heart at this time. I struggle whether it is right for me to share this part of our lives with you all. But, just know I am sharing these thoughts with Abby’s permission and my family’s support.

If I can ask you to take away one thing from these blogs about Abby’s seizures, it is to appreciate the small, predictable, manageable issues in life. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I welcome your comments.

Until next time, love each other…..